Hello and welcome back. Who is with us today??
We’re going to discover Hasselt, capital of the province of Limburg. Located in the middle of the Kempen region, the city is situated next to the Albert Canal. Hasselt is considered the most sociable cities of the Flanders region but also the capital of taste. Here you can see the change in the standard Dutch language but also the diversity of the accent.
To know more (to eat, what to eat, where to have fun, acculturate …) continue to read.
We hope you are hungry because we have a lot of good food for you, is or is not Hasselt the capital of taste?!
Being the city, the capital of the province of Limburg, has a different culinary traditions from other Belgian cities. The Limburg cuisine includes lots of meat but also many dishes based on asparagus. They are often eaten with ham, boiled potatoes or boiled eggs. Now we are going to see what other dishes we can find in town.
- Formaggio Limburger – is often eaten with sausages or with bread. Its smell is a bit strong but not for this less good.
- Deep-fried chipped potatoes (locally called fritten), these are eaten with a traditional dish, the zoervleis, one sweet and sour stew made from horse meat or cow.
- Konijn in beer – rabbit with beer.
- Balkenbrij – ready-sliced meat consists of a type of meat and various parts of the body (liver, lungs…) and lots of spices.
- Tête de veaux – beef (it is the most famous in Hasselt) eaten with mushrooms and tomato.
- Nonnevotte – a kind of round doughnuts, you can eat them especially during the Christmas season but also during the carnival.
- Speculaas – typical local biscuits (you can find them in the city’s bakeries).
- Vlaai – a large round pie filled with marmalade
- Alken-Maes, Gulpener, Leeuw, Hertog Jan and Alfa – local beers.
- Jenever – a typical and very famous liqueur in the city of Hasselt ( think that there is also the Jenever Museum, which we will see later).
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
Let’s go to the discovery of the places where we can have a great meal in Hasselt.
- Restaurant 6 Zinnen – Belgian, European cuisine.
- Vous le Vous – Belgian, contemporary, healthy and gluten-free cuisine. A perfect place for those who are intolerant or for those that are following a specific diet.
- Maison Blanche – French, Italian, Healthy and vegetarian food. Great place for a good breakfast.
- Wijnbar Dito – Wine Bar.
- Sky Lounge – bar.
- Het Pleintje – Belgian, European cuisine.
- ‘t Kleine Genoegen – French, Belgian, European cuisine.
- Entrepot– international cuisine.
- Pizzeria That’s Amore – Italian pizza takeaway.
- La Fontanella – French , Mediterranean, Italian cuisine and pizza.
- Bistro Nano – typical Belgian, European, French cuisine.
- Panachee Hasselt – fast food, vegetarian cuisine.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS..)
After food and restaurants, it is time for the culture.
- Carillon Tower – located in the city center on the Sint-Quintinuskathedraal tower (the main religious building of Hasselt). The view from up there is really beautiful and it is a great place to learn all about the bells and clocks. You can also hear perfectly the carillon sound.
- Abdij van Herkenrode – was a former monastery of Cistercian nuns, located in Kuringen (a fraction of Hasselt). Today is a protected historic place.
- Virga-Jesse Basilica in Baroque style.
- Spalbeek Chapel – the chapel contains beautiful frescoes, all to admire!
- National Jenever Museum – all you need to know about this famous drink, its history, its origins and more. At the end of the tour, you can taste (and who knows maybe even appreciate it!) the Jenever liqueur.
- Fashion Museum Hasselt – A museum where you can learn everything about fashion, from its history to the present day.
- Museum Het Stadsmus – a museum to know more about the city’s history in the past and in the present. There is also a picnic area, for a relaxing break.
- Literary Museum – every room of this building hosts a different exhibition of books.
Now it’s time of theaters and concert halls.
Cultural Centre of Hasselt ( classical and modern performances), Art Centre BELGIE, Muziekodroom (concert hall), Ethias Arena, the largest arena of Belgium which hosts various events.
Has someone mentioned fun ?? Exactly, so let’s go!
- Japanese gardens – the largest Chinese garden in Europe. An oasis of peace and tranquility. The sound of the water, the beautiful flowers, are the elements that allow you to have hours of total relaxation. It seem to be really in Japan. In this place, every two days of the month, starting from April until October are held some festivals, including the children’s day, or cherry blossom festival.
- Nature reserve Kiewit – nature reserve to breathe a little bit of fresh air and learn all about the fauna and flora. There are some species of animals such as woodpeckers, squirrels and even the beehive. The park offers some trails, one in particular, the “Wijer”, for bird watchers.
- Dina Deferme’s garden – a lovely garden that offers a collection of beautiful flowers, including roses and perennials (flowers that change color every three weeks). You eyes will thank you!
- Park Nature and Culture Hasselt – Another beautiful park with trails and various sculptures. The park can be reached easily by bike and even our beloved four-legged friends can enter as long as they kept on a leash.
- Boat trip on the Albert canal – a nice boat tour on the Albert Canal.
- Kapermolenpark – park that hosts the largest skating rink in Europe, children playground and more. A park for everyone.
- Plopsa Indoor Hasselt – funfair for children.
- You can opt for a bike tour or a tram tour, a Vespa tour, hot-air balloon tour to see the city from different points of view, it’s up to you to choose which one!
- Flanders Nippon Golf and Business Club Hasselt – golf center.
- City Outdoor Swimming
- Sportcentrum Olympia – bowling , climbing, squash, snooker, pool and fitness.
- HealthCity Basic Hasselt – fitness center, squash and sauna.
- But nothing will replace a walk to discover the city. The Grand Place and the neighboring streets are full of restaurants, bars, taverns.
- Demerstraat and Koning Albertstraat are the most important shopping streets but also Kapelstraat and the Hoogstraat, here there are the most famous and expensive shops.
Let’s see now where there is the nightlife in Hasselt.
- Versuz – nghtclub.
- Ipanema Summer Paradise – bar, nightclub.
- The Irish Times Pub
- Café Café – bar.
- Café Vanveldeke – bar.
Now that our adventure in Hasselt is over, we are already looking forward another city to explore. Stay tuned to discover the next city.
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you have been or are you going to go? What did you like least and what more? We are curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
2 thoughts on “Hasselt”
My daughter and I were just talking about Belgian foods the other day! I visited Brussels once and just loved it.
Interesting coincidence haha You might consider to visit Belgium again but this time to explore Hasselt too 😉